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MSU Legal Studies Associate Professor Kelly Collinsworth has been recognized as the Access to Justice Award recipient by Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. Dr. Collinsworth received the award at a ceremony held on Thursday, Sept. 27, in Ashland.

Terra Nova begins The Little Company's 2018-2019 season

Sep 27, 2018
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Morehead State University’s Lucile Caudle Little Theater will begin its theatrical 2018-2019 season with the play Terra Nova.

The show will be put on by MSU’s Department of Music, Theater and Dance and directed by Octavia Biggs, who is also the director of The Little Company Theater.

The play was written by Ted Tally about the true story of Five Englishmen in a race with a team of Norwegians to be the first to reach the south pole from 1911 to 1912.

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Morehead State University prides itself on student success and providing a great college experience for students of diverse backgrounds.

MSU’s Eagle Diversity Education Center (EDEC) is organizing a month-long series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place through Oct. 15.

Hispanic Heritage Month concludes with an inaugural Fiesta presented by LSU and EDEC. It starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Button Drill Room. There will be food, music, dancing and a spotlight on Hispanic culture.

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The annual Browning Orchard Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. at the orchard, located at 10955 Wallingford Road in Fleming County.

The event will feature family-friendly activities, music from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, hayrides, pony rides, a kids’ hay-maze, pig roast and concessions.

MSU’s Department of Agricultural Sciences will have items from the MSU Farm and Kentucky Proud products for sale at the festival, including apples, mums, cider, pumpkins and much more. Apple sales begin at noon.

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MSU’s Annual Tubafest, starts Tuesday, Oct. 2, on the patio at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Morehead.

Tubafest is an annual concert series featuring instruments of the tuba family. Tubafest concerts are held through each fall semester.

You are cordially invited to attend recitals and concerts on:

Tuesday, Oct. 2, OKTOBERFEST! MSU Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble at Buffalo Wild Wings on the patio, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, Nov. 4, Josh Hall, Senior Recital, tuba with pianist William Murphy, Duncan Recital Hall, 1:00 p.m.

KCTM students made it to Raleigh for a week of bluegrass

Sep 26, 2018
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Despite hurricane Florence hitting Raleigh, NC, the Wide-Open bluegrass festival remained open for business, which brought Morehead State University Students to the grounds.

A group of five students from the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, making up the Mountain Music ambassadors, made it to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention on Tuesday with anticipation for the upcoming week of non-stop bluegrass tunes and features from their idols.

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MSU retiree Dr. Jeffrey "J" Clarke Marshall, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 after a battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 14, 1955, to Adam and Joane Marshall in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he retired as the executive director of the Center for Regional Engagement (CRE) in December 2017, where he’d worked since 2008. He had nearly 30 years of experience in higher education, with a focus on servant-leadership, transformative leadership and community engagement.

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Morehead State University has opened plenty of doors to opportunities for Eagles through its excellent academic programs and resources geared toward student success.

This fall, future Eagles will get a glimpse of what the authentic MSU experience is like through MSU Open House events.

MSU’s Office of Enrollment Services will host Open House programs on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in Button Auditorium on Morehead campus.

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Thirteen marching bands from high schools across the Commonwealth will come to Morehead State to compete in the Blue and Gold Championship of Marching bands on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jayne Stadium.

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The Morehead Conference Center displayed the work of over 90 visual artists who came to Rowan County to document the faces of Morehead, among them were three of Morehead State’s own students. 

The 42nd annual Mountain Workshops, hosted by Western Kentucky University, gave convergent media majors Addie Hogan, Jacob Lindberg and Julianna Leach the opportunity to work with fellow journalists on photo editing and data reporting. 

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Morehead State’s Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, International Studies and Legal Studies will host four days of special programs in honor of Constitution Day. 

Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 


Morehead State University’s music programs have an esteemed reputation thanks to its world-renowned alumni and the faculty that help produce them.

Once again, both music students and community music enthusiasts from around our region and the state will be treated to unique and developing talent and the abilities of experienced MSU music instructors with the annual Music Faculty Artist Series.

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Jennifer Reis, director of MSU’s Golding-Yang Art Gallery and coordinator of the arts entrepreneurship minor program will be a presenter at upcoming regional and national conferences for entrepreneurship education.  

She will be a presenter at Berea College's Brushy Fork Institute in mid-September, hosting an intensive two-day track called "Emerging Women Appalachian Entrepreneurs" crafted to lead future female business owners through exercises and information to prepare them for successful future ventures.

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MSU students and their families will have a chance to take part in a wide range of fun activities and events during Family Weekend, Sept. 14-16.

The annual event is a time for the parents, grandparents, siblings and friends of MSU students to visit campus and get a taste of what life is like on campus. Activities scheduled for Family Weekend include sporting events, educational and entertainment programming, fun group activities and more.

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The Morehead State University Board of Regents will hold its quarterly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 9:30 a.m. in the DeMoss Suite of the Center for Health, Education and Research.

Among actions to be taken at the meeting, the board will vote on:

Authorization of program closures.

Approval of revision to the graduation fee.

Approval of revisions to the MSU Police Department’s Standard Operating Procedures Manual.

Approval of Inter-Local Agreement with Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System.

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In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Morehead State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 3.

There will be no classes or office hours and mail will not be delivered.

The Recreation and Wellness Center will be open on the following schedule:


Saturday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 2: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 3: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-noon

Sunday, Sept. 2: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Monday, Sept 3: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Outdoor Adventures

Saturday, Sept. 1: 10 a.m.- noon

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The closing reception for the Bluegrass Biennial juried art exhibit will be Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Golding-Yang Art Gallery in the Claypool-Young Art Building.

Landing on the farm

Aug 19, 2018
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While some students go to Florida, or travel overseas or panic through an internship for summer break, agricultural student Kaden Martin worked through the summer heat trying his hand at farming. 

Martin began his journey at Morehead State University as a Space Science major while also jumping headfirst into marching band and rushing a fraternity. He tried many things before settling on a home at the university’s Derrickson Agricultural Complex. 

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Three Morehead State University faculty members and one MSU staff member received various awards of distinction during the University’s Fall Convocation ceremony, which was held the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Button Auditorium.

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Morehead State University’s Board of Regents will welcome new members and elect officers at a special called meeting to be held Thursday, Aug. 9, at 9 a.m. in the DeMoss Suite of the Center for Health, Education and Research (CHER).

New board members Brandon Bryer, Craig Dennis and Sanford Holbrook will be administered the oath of office at the meeting. The Regents will elect a vice chair and secretary and appoint a treasurer. The board will also vote on the authorization to modify an existing lease agreement.

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If you are a new or returning student, you still have an opportunity to register for Morehead State University’s 2018 fall academic term.

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 13, at MSU and its regional campuses.

Anyone considering attending MSU can still submit an application for the fall term. Prospective students can apply online at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/apply or call the Office of Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000 or 800-585-6781 (option #1 for admissions assistance).

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Morehead State University welcomed 23 girls to campus July 6-14 for SpaceTrek, an annual residential summer camp that encourages young women to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The camp was open to girls entering their sophomore year of high school with interests in space science and engineering. It is a collaborative effort between MSU's Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, the MSU Space Science Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). 

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Morehead State University will offer an extra Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) program Wednesday, July 18, in preparation for the 2018 fall semester.

First-year and transfer students will register for their classes during these events.

Students also will have their photographs taken for the University’s identification card, the EagleCard, and meet with representatives from financial aid, student housing, food services, and accounting and financial services.

Campus tours will be available.

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Steven Middleton, instructor of mass communication and Kentucky filmmaker, is featured in the July 2018 issue of Kentucky Living Magazine.

Kentucky Living outlines Middleton’s new film, "Map Dot Kentucky," that begins to air this month on the KET family of networks.

"Map Dot Kentucky" chronicles Travel Blogger Corey Ramsey and his explorations throughout Kentucky one small map dot at a time.

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Morehead State University alumnus Kelly Wells has been named University of Pikeville athletic director. Wells will assume his position July 1 and will succeed Robert Staggs, who is taking on a role in external relations.

Wells is entering his 13th year at UPIKE, becoming the all-time wins leader in men’s basketball at 287-102. He won the NAIA National Championship in 2011, has captured four MSC titles and coached 23 All-Americans.

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The Morehead State University Service Award Committee has recommended that Dr. Frances “Fran” L. Helphinstine be the recipient of the 2018 Founders Award for University Service.

MSU’s Board of Regents approved the action during its June meeting. She will be presented with the award during Morehead State University’s Homecoming Banquet Friday, Oct. 19, at the Morehead Conference Center.

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Morehead State University’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) program collaborated with MSUCorps and Bath County Middle School to provide academic tutoring to eighth grade ETS students during the 2017-18 school year.

First year AmeriCorps tutor, Haley Wells, worked daily with eighth grade Educational Talent Search students with the goal to raise reading scores in Bath County. A total of 15 students received certificates of completion on May 23 for their participation and hard work in the academic tutoring program.

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Morehead State University alumnus Dr. Lucian Yates III has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University.

He begins the position on July 1. Yates was inducted into the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012.

“It is with great excitement that we welcome Provost Yates back to the ‘College on the Hill,’” KSU President Christopher Brown said of Yates acceptance and homecoming.

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One of Morehead State Public Radio’s most recognizable voices will be doing his last newscast this month.

Chuck Mraz, who came to Kentucky to work at WMKY in 1986, will retire at the end of the month after more than 30 years with the station.

“It has been a great ride,” said Mraz. “More than 30 years ago, I came to WMKY not knowing anyone in the area. After 30 years, I leave with a lot of friends and a lot of great memories.”

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INSIGHT, a postsecondary preparation program for high school students who are blind or visually impaired, will be held on the Morehead State University campus June 9-16.

In its 12th year, the program is a collaboration between MSU, Kentucky Office for the Blind, Kentucky School for the Blind, Big East Educational Cooperative, and KSB Charitable Foundation.